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Ginger powder for diabetes

New research just published finds that ginger powder may be beneficial for people suffering type 2 diabetes.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial involved 88 subjects affected by diabetes. They were given 3 one-gram capsules of ginger powder for a period of 8 weeks.

The researchers found that the ginger reduced fasting blood glucose levels (decreased 10.5%) and HbA1c levels.

Ginger also improved insulin sensitivity - that is it may it easier for cells to take up the glucose from the blood and thereby reducing the overall blood sugar level.

The placebo group on the other hand experienced a 21% increase in fasting blood glucose.

3 g of ginger powder is probably equivalent to about 15 g of fresh ginger which is a fair bit of ginger to eat everyday but it is possible. You can grate fresh ginger for chai or ginger tea.

Ginger has of course lots of other health benefits including reducing inflammation. We highly recommend having ginger everyday.

Reference:     "The effect of ginger powder supplementation on insulin resistance and glycemic indices in patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial," Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Talaei B, et al, Complement Ther Med, 2014 Feb; 22(1): 9-16. (Address: Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Health, Yazd Diabetes Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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